Namibia v Canada, Intercontinental Cup October 24, 2007

Namibia announce squad to face Canada

Cricinfo staff

Namibia have announced their squad for the Intercontinental Cup match at home against Canada which begins this Thursday. Although some teams, including Canada, have played three matches, this match will be Namibia's opening match of the campaign.

They are due to play a further six matches in the competition that was revamped to a round robin format this year, but these fixtures have not yet been released.

The13-man squad includes three of the under-19 side which unexpectedly qualified for the next World Cup - Morne Engelbrecht, Ray van Schoor and Ewald Steenkamp.

The four-day match starts on November 25. Engelbrecht and van Schoor had a chance to see what Canada are like, when they, along with fellow squad members Wibur Slabber and Michael Durandt, played for Namibia A in a 50-over warm-up match at Windhoek on Wednesday.

Canada won that match easily, by six wickets, but they won't be expecting an easy time of it against the full side next month. In the Intercontinental Cup, Canada have so far won one and lost two, and the squad they have in Africa at the moment is far from their first-choice side.

Deon Kotze was a late inclusion owing to injuries but will probably play owing to his experience in four-day matches.

Squad J.B. Burger, Raymond van Schoor, Bjorn Kotzé (capt), Deon Kotze, Gerrie Snyman, Michel Durandt, Nicolaas Scholtz, Tobie Verwey, Ian van Zyl, Kola Burger, Louis Klazinga, Wilber Slabber, Morné Engelbrecht, Ewald Steenkamp.